Mythill Grim – Crestfallen

May 17th, 2016 by

If we’ve noticed one trend in the domestic hip-hop scene of late, apart from a general all round quality, it’s that a good deal of the music produced has got a hazy, spaced out and often dark nature to it. That’s certainly the case with Mythill Grim and his latest track ‘Crestfallen, a song that […]

Body & Soul new area and acts details

May 12th, 2016 by

It’s not long now until one of our favourite weekends of the year, the Body & Soul Festival at Ballinlough Castle in Co. Westmeath. Even so, there are still announcements coming thick and fast. The main news is that the site will now feature a new arena, Second Nature, featuring the usual mix of B&S […]

Not Monsters – On Tilt

May 10th, 2016 by

A band who have made a big noise in a short space of time, Not Monsters have been on the State radar pretty much from the moment they formed. We’ve had the pleasure of witnessing their head slamming live prowess on a number of occasions, but now the four piece have ventured into the studio […]

Emma Lou

May 9th, 2016 by

She had us at the Spice Girls influence to be honest, but there’s a lot more to Dubliner Emma Lou than just a love of pop music and her past singing covers on YouTube. Channelling the classic sound of soul of blues into something modern, her music brings a welcome touch of funk to the […]

i am niamh – Wait Until The Morning Comes

May 6th, 2016 by

An artist who operates in her own unique world, i am niamh’s 2015 debut album was quite the twisted pop delight. The latest single from the album certainly enhances that sense of joy, and is yours to download now if you too are looking to brighten your day.

Listen to Cut Once’s new song ‘Crave’

May 6th, 2016 by

With their trio of single so far impressing, we were very pleased to learn that electronic duo Cut Once had a fourth release on the way. ‘Crave’ is more of the same, but in a very good (if dark) way. Check it out below.

Watch a new 360° video from Travis Oaks

May 6th, 2016 by

With directors forever searching for a new way to catch the viewer’s eye, the 360° video is very of the moment. Faces of 2016 Travis Oaks are therefore on trend with the new live clip for their song ‘Slow Burner’. The studio version will appear on their forthcoming Black Light EP, due in June and […]

Huva – Prize My Soul

May 3rd, 2016 by

Sent our way by Dah Jevu, Huva is cut from a similar cloth to the ever rising hip-hop duo. His debut track ‘Prize My Soul’ has a dark swagger to it, a feeling enhanced by the claustrophobic video – complete with a Fela Kuti cameo. We’re very impressed, see for yourselves below.

New synth soul from aboveDat

April 28th, 2016 by

With Young Wonder seemingly on a break, producer Ian Ring is keeping busy as part of a new project with Cork hip-hop and soul legend Stevie G. aboveDat release their debut single, featuring vocalist Christina Underwood, on May 6th. Listen to it here and get your groove on.

Hear the SVP ‘Shelter’ single

April 28th, 2016 by

There’s always been a great response from the music community to the Irish homelessness crisis, including our own We Shall Overcome show last year, Young Hearts Run Free’s constant work and the recent Olympia Theatre gig. ‘Shelter’ is a fundraiser for St Vincent De Paul, recorded by Katie Jenkinson of the Fingal Youth Choir and […]

Blackalicious added to Townlands Carnival bill

April 19th, 2016 by

Quietly shaping up to be one of the most impressive independent festivals of the summer, Co Cork’s Townlands Carnival has added Californian hip-hop duo Blackalicious to an impressive bill that already includes the likes of Daithí, Talos, Dirty Dubsters, Plutonic Dust, Lethal Dialect and more. Tickets for the Fri 8th – Sun 10th July event […]

Free Hot Sprockets / Jerry Fish show this weekend

April 19th, 2016 by

While the world of rock ‘n’ roll has so far had little to do with the 1916 commemorations (and, no, we don’t count Imelda May singing Kermit The Frog), the balance will be shifted somewhat this Sunday with a free show to celebrate the actual anniversary of the rising. Featuring Jerry Fish, The Hot Sprockets, […]

State Faces of April this weekend

April 14th, 2016 by

It’s that time again, when the State team heads upstairs at Whelan’s to bring you three of our favourite artists of the moment. We’re getting our groove on this Saturday by bringing you a mix of RnB, hip-hop and electro pop. Join us from midnight for AikJ, Ruth and Tebi Rex (pictured) and get on […]

Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead

April 11th, 2016 by

“I landed in Ireland in 2001…” It sounds like the opening to a novel, the start of a great adventure. Which it pretty much was – a tale that took in Shannon, Ennis and Limerick; that featured collectives and workshops, basketball and tape collecting; a narrative that ended up bringing three individuals together as one […]